Latin Jazz

A Genre with Latin American rhythms

The different types of Latin Jazz

Afro-cuban/Afro-Caribbean jazz is based on clave and a section dedicated to employing ostinato patterns from popular cuban dance music.


Afro-Brazilian includes samba and bossa nova.

History behind Latin Jazz

Jelly Roll Morton used the term "Latin tinge" to reference some of the rhythmic sounds from the jazz in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century.


Latin Jazz has lots of reference to American Jazz because of pure proximity to Cuba, and America's sphere of influence.


Mario Bauza, a trumpeter from Cuba that moved to NY, brought cuban music but had intrust to American Jazz.


Today Jazz and other types of mainly instrumental, events such as Marty graus in New Orleans

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Latin Jazz dances

Usually involves 2 people, and they move with the fast rhythm. Cannot find what type of dances are usually associated with the music style.

Latin Jazz today (Artists)

  • Damn (Band)
  • Orlando Marin
  • Bobby Matos
  • The Blackout All Stars
  • Johnny Colon
  • Igo Chico

Some of the many instruments that are associated with the genre

  • Piano
  • Bass guitar
  • Guitar
  • Conga
  • Thimble
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Flute
  • Vibraphone
  • Bongo
  • Vocals
  • Güiro
  • Maracas